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City Hall Is Now Online

  • Virtual Town Halls

  • Listening Sessions

  • Panel Discussions

  • More Virtual Events & Meetings

Past Virtual Town Halls

Schools Reopening Town Hall

September 21, 5:30-7 p.m.

Video

City's Presentation Slides

Dr. Scarpino's Presentation Slides

Arts Community Town Hall

September 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Video

School Planning Town Halls: Introduction to Planning Efforts and Discussion (Multilingual)

August 5, 5-6:25 p.m.

Video

Q&A

School Planning Town Halls: Introduction to Planning Efforts and Discussion (English)

July 29, 6:30-8 p.m.

Video

Race and Equity in Policing

June 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Video

Seniors

May 12, 7-8 p.m.

Video

Spanish Speakers

May 13, 7-8 p.m.

Video

General Public

May 19, 7-8 p.m.

Video

Parents

May 21, 7-8 p.m.

Video

Youth (teens and high school students)

June 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Come back here at the time of the meeting you would like to attend to join live by:

Join a test meeting ahead of time to make sure you're ready to connect.

If you’re unable to attend live, no worries. You can watch the event later on City YouTube or City Cable TV.

ADA Accommodations: 

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact Nency Salamoun in advance, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Tackling systemic racism in Somerville requires input from diverse voices in our community. A respectful, collaborative environment is an important means for gathering input. Following George Floyd’s murder and the nation’s call for those in leadership to listen, Mayor Curtatone has committed to hosting virtual small group listening sessions for anyone interested in speaking, prioritizing BIPOC members of our community. These informal conversations are meant to provide a platform for the community to share opinions, challenges and visions for the future. The Mayor, and possibly other City staff, will listen to, and receive feedback about, what the community envisions for change before deciding on the most effective, and relevant, next steps.

How Will This Work?

  • Listening sessions will begin as soon as possible.
  • A listening session will be jointly facilitated by the Mayor and interested members of the community. City staff will supplement the listening team as notetakers and documenters. We welcome interested members of the community to support at any step in this process.
  • Conversations will not be scripted. The Mayor will be listening for opinions, challenges, and the community’s vision for a future free from racism. 
  • The City will compile what is heard from these listening sessions and share key themes with the public. Anything shared publicly will be made anonymous. Please continue to check this page for updates and next steps.
  •  Listening sessions will be held in any language; English is not required. Interpreters will be provided, as needed.

How to Take Part & Share Your Voice

These sessions are intended for those living and working in Somerville. When scheduling, we will prioritize sessions with persons of color in our community. If you are interested in sharing your thoughts at a listening session, please:

  • Submit your interest to the City using this form.
  • Indicate on this form if you are an individual or if you are part of a group. (We kindly request groups not exceed 10 people to keep discussions focused on what all participants have to say.)

Indicate on the form if you are interested in serving as a community liaison for your group listening session. (This role might include: co-facilitating a small group discussion, debriefing with the listening team following your session, reviewing any internal write-ups or memos from your group’s session.)

How to Log in to the Session

Come back here at the time of the session you would like to attend to join live by:

Join a test meeting ahead of time to make sure you're ready to connect.

If you’re unable to attend live, no worries. You can watch the event later on City YouTube or City Cable TV.

ADA Accommodations

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact Nency Salamoun in advance, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Structural Racism Discussion with Rep. Pressley, D.A. Rollins, & Other Leaders

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, D.A. Rachael Rollins, and other regional and community leaders took part in a Panel Discussion on Structural Racism hosted by the City of Somerville on Tuesday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m. Byron Barnett of WHDH TV 7 News facilitated the panel, which also included Suffolk County Sheriff Steven Tompkins, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, Somerville City Councilor At-Large Will Mbah, Ward 4 School Committee Member Andre Green, and Somerville High School Black Student Union President Floreisha Bastien. 

The discussion focused on how structural racism impacts health, public safety, education, jobs, housing, and other aspects of our society and communities. Panelists took on the questions of ‘Where do we go from here and how can everyone be an ally?’

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 6:00pm
Public meeting of the Land Use Committee. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Wed, 09/30/2020 - 6:00pm
Public meeting of the Public Utilities and Public Works Committee. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Wed, 09/30/2020 - 6:00pm
*/ /*-->*/ Members of the public are invited to attend and speak at two Public Hearings on Wednesday, September 30, at 6 p.m. both regarding the processes for enforcing zoning requirements. 
Wed, 09/30/2020 - 6:00pm
Public meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Thu, 10/01/2020 - 6:00pm
Public meeting of the Planning Board. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Wed, 10/07/2020 - 5:30pm
Join the Ward Councilors, City staff and GSNA for a virtual meeting to share updates on the conceptual streetscape designs and roadway  improvements. City staff will also discuss how to implement the development goals of the Neighborhood Plan to 'Bring Back the Square'.
Wed, 10/07/2020 - 6:30pm
Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 2 City Councilor J.T. Scott, and City staff invite you to a virtual community meeting to discuss a pilot project that would install quick-build bus and bike lanes this fall on Washington Street between Beacon Street and Union Square.
Wed, 10/14/2020 - 6:00pm
Public meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.
Thu, 10/15/2020 - 6:00pm
Public meeting of the Planning Board. The meeting will be held virtually in compliance with Governor Baker’s emergency orders regarding the Open Meeting Law. See description for details.